ETM to open second Botanist as part of new City development

The Botanist Soda Room

ETM Group is set to open its first late-night venture as one of 11 new bars and restaurants in the new Broadgate Circle development in the City of London.

Launching this month, The Botanist will be a sister to the botanically-inspired bar and restaurant in Sloane Square, Chelsea, but include a late-night bar in the basement, Soda Room (pictured).

The venue – the 15th for Tom and Ed Martin’s ETM Group – will be within the £20million development near Liverpool Street station. Opening between April and June, the other restaurants will include Hakkasan Group’s Yauatcha, José Pizarro and Franco Manca.

Designed by Russell Sage Studio, The Botanist will occupy 7,986 square feet, with the main bar and restaurant on the ground floor. A raised dining area, bar and al fresco terrace will cater for a total of 158 covers. Key design features will include a central feature bar with flora and fauna artwork and taxidermy display cases, originally inspired by 18th-century botanist Hans Sloane.

It will be furnished with brass-edged tables and a variety of seating options ranging from reclaimed café-style chairs to mid-century-inspired leather armchairs and banquettes with a patchwork of gold, bronze and green leather.

Open seven days a week, the restaurant will cater to weekday lunch, dinner, light bites and Sunday lunch, with signature dishes to include shellfish platters, tuna tartare, Iberico pork shoulder with pickled nectarines and nasturtium, confit duck burger with blue cheese, and a selection of prime-cut steaks. Average spend per head for a three-course meal with wine will be between £35 to £50.

Downstairs, Soda Room will be open until 2am Wednesdays to Saturdays, with the option for private hire on Mondays and Tuesdays. The sleek space will have a 150-cover capacity with pre-bookable booths, a dancefloor and live DJ nights.

An extensive list of international wines, including those from an Enomatic wine-preservation dispenser, will sit alongside premium draught lagers, cider and spirits. As with other ETM sites including The Botanist, it will have a regularly changing list of original cocktails and twisted classics.

Tom said: “The Botanist on Sloane Square is one of our busiest London venues and the brand is ideally suited to the clientele of Broadgate and the City in general. We are delighted to be bringing this highly successful format to such a prominent and prestigious City location.”

Broadgate Circle will feature an expansive circular terrace as the centre point for the 11 new restaurants and food and drink outlets. Ample outdoor seating will be interspersed with greenery and floral displays to create an oasis in the heart of the City.

Hakkasan Group has chosen the new development for a second outpost of its Michelin-starred dim sum restaurant, Yauatcha, and a new concept, Yauatcha Patisserie.

Covering two floors, the 200-cover all-day restaurant will be headed by executive head chef Tong Chee Hwee, serving Cantonese dishes to mirror those offered in its Soho flagship site.

Didier Souillat, executive vice president of restaurants for Hakkasan Group, said: “We chose Broadgate Circle for our second Yauatcha restaurant in the UK because it serves an exceptional catchment and its strong trading profile makes it an obvious choice for us. We know Broadgate will provide a sound platform to continue to grow our brand.”

Spanish chef José Pizarro will open his first site away from Bermondsey in south-east London. Trading under his name, it will offer all-day fresh, seasonal twists on Spanish classics including salted cod with orange and fennel and his pork presa. Alongside a take-away offering, it will serve breakfasts and a collection of cavas, wines and beers.

José said: “In many ways this is the most important restaurant launch of my entire career. I cannot wait to cater for new audiences in a new area of London and show them the many delights of modern Spanish cooking.”

Opening its ninth London site, the Parisian-inspired Aubaine will be open from breakfast to dinner, with a restaurant, boulangerie and patisserie in one.

Christopher Bloomfield, area manager for Aubaine, said: “The location between Liverpool Street Station and the future Crossrail provides ultimate convenience and will allow Broadgate Circle to become a dynamic and vibrant destination for all Londoners.”

The Shoryu Ramen Restaurant Group, which specialises in Kyushian cuisine, will launch its fourth restaurant in Broadgate Circle, offering its signature Hakata tonkotsu ramen, Shoryu buns and royal warrant sake. In addition, the site will also include a robata grill and sushi bar for a more luxurious dining experience.

Italian restaurant group Franco Manca, acquired last month by The Fulham Shore, will open its 11th site, an 80-cover restaurant specialising in pizzas made with slow-rising sourdough. Founder Giuseppe Mascoli said: “We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to open up a pizzeria in such an iconic City location.”

Offering fast and affordable Lebanese food to eat in or takeaway, Comptoir Libanais will launch its latest site in Broadgate, open for breakfast through to dinner and drinks.

Opening in June, new concept Crab Tavern will take the classic American combination of surf and turf to offer house specialities such as crab doughnuts, cheddar-stuffed bacon burger and Singapore crab.

Other openings will include independent Australian-inspired coffee shop Beany and Street Kitchen’s sandwich shop and vintage Airstream, offering breakfasts and gourmet lunch boxes. A regularly rotating choice of street food vendors will also be provided through specialist Street Dots.

Each month, consumers can take part in bespoke master classes, demonstrations and wine tastings hosted by each restaurant. Weekends will see Broadgate Circle host a London Farmer’s Market with all stalls featuring produce sourced within the M25.

Summer Live will launch in June through to the end of October incorporating a mix of live sport screenings, theatrical performances, foodie film screenings, contemporary productions and children’s activities, all taking place at Broadgate.

As part of Summer Live, a series of open-air foodie film screenings in Exchange Square will include the option to collect a gourmet picnic or takeaway from the likes of Jose Pizarro, Aubaine and Yauatcha Patisserie.

London Contemporary Theatre will stage open-air performances of Wind in the Willows and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Broadgate Circle will host the City of London Festival from June 22 to 27.

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